“ARE YOU TAKING YOUR ENEMY’S POISON?”

“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Matthew 6:15 NIV Read:  Matthew 6:12-15 Have you ever wanted the forgiveness of someone who you wronged in some way?   Even after going to them and asking for their forgiveness, they have not forgiven you.   Are they filled with a bitterness and refuse to forgive you? There is an old saying; “What goes around, comes around!” Is there someone you need to forgive, but you just can’t seem to forgive them?  Why not?  Is it self guilt or your own selfishness? Do you wish bad things upon others?   Is there someone you have decided will always be your enemy?   You are only hurting yourself by carrying this emotional baggage. Are you taking the poison you would wish on your enemy?   Unforgiveness is taking a double dose of the poison you would wish on them.  Every time you refuse to forgive, you are taking another dose of poison. The only way to stop poisoning yourself is to forgive others.   And sooner is better than later.  Stop drinking the poison of judgement and drink the cleansing water of forgiveness.  You will be better off and so will they.  Then, you might just find someone else will forgive you. Forgiveness starts with one.  Will you be the one it starts with?  If GOD can forgive you, you can forgive others. Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for forgiving me of all my wrongs.  Please forgive me for carrying the sin of not forgiving others too long.  Help me be more forgiving and less judgemental of others. ...

“DO YOU PEEK-A-BOO?”

“‘Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?’ declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 23:24 NIV Read: Jeremiah 23:23-24 When you think of peek-a-boo you probably instantly remember a time you played peek-a-boo with a baby.   During those precious developing months, the learning reactions to the unknown of those babies brings a smile to our faces. It doesn’t take long for those delightful months to pass and the innocence of the time is soon forgotten.  As the baby develops, it soon discovers you really did not disappear at all. Do you still play peek-a-boo, not with a baby, but with others in your life?   Do those temporary hidings of the truth give you moments of security?   How long can you hide the truth from others? Like the old saying; you can fool all of the people part of the time and part of the people all the time, but you can never fool all the people all the time.   At best, you can play a game of part of the time and part of the people. You may feel at times you have gotten away with something.   No one ever knew, you think.  Recently, we have seen celebrities arrested and sued by those whom it seems were wronged years, even decades ago.   We do our best to put those wrongful acts behind us, but there is always someone who knows what we did.  Seldom ever do we take secrets to our grave. Have you ever tried to play peek-a-boo with GOD?  Sin, big sins or little sins as you might call them, cannot be hidden from GOD....

“IS ME, ME, ME! YOUR SONG?”

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:26-28 NIV Read:  Matthew 20:17-28 If you are screaming ‘me, me, me’, it is doubtful you are trying to get in tune for a solo song. Are you important?   Are you so important that you are more important than others?   So, how important do you have to be to put yourself above others who were created like you by GOD? Is it because you were born with family money or that you are ‘self made’ financial success?   Or are you more important because you are smarter than most others?   Maybe, you feel you are more important since you feel you are more attractive than others you know?  Do you feel more important because of your job or social position? Money, brains, looks or position will not help you in the least when your body is laid in a casket and you are headed to hell or Heaven.   So, what will help you? One thing and one thing only will help you. You must know JESUS CHRIST is your LORD and SAVIOUR. Two of JESUS’ teachings come to mind.   In Matthew 20 and Mark 10 we are told of John and James asking JESUS to sit at HIS side in Heaven.  They wanted special treatment over everyone else on earth.  JESUS also taught us to be humble in Luke...

“AFTER SCHOOL SATAN CLUB!”

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces as of this world rather than on Christ.”  Colossians 2:8 NIV   Read: Colossians 2:1-23 Several years ago the Supreme Court ruled that clubs meeting after school could not be restricted based on religion.  Since then thousands of Christian clubs have been formed and are meeting mainly in elementary schools across America. Now, a satanic group met in (where else) Salem, Massachusetts to kick off ‘After School Satan Club’.   Chapters in several states will attempt to infiltrate our public elementary schools in the next few weeks to have their ‘clubs’ available when school starts.   They profess children need to be aware there are alternatives to Christianity. Are you willing for your tax dollars being used in public schools to support these ‘After School Satan Clubs’?   You may not be able to keep your school district from allowing these ‘clubs’ to organize, but you can keep your children from being influenced by these evil people. This is another reminder of where our country is going at breakneck speed.  A country founded by Christians to be able to exercise their faith without government interference, is becoming a country where the government is dictating what of a person’s faith can or cannot be practiced. Churches are restricted by fear of losing their non-profit IRS status if they even mention a political person in a light of a recommendation to their own members.  Christian teachings are being more and more restricted.   What are you doing to defend your rights...